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Old 12-08-2015, 11:24 PM
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What's it worth? M110 motor w/o carb

Hi peaches,
I don't know if this should be in the for sale section or whatnot but I will soon (within the next 3 weeks) have the motor (m110) out of my 75' 280. The carb is shot and it's been sitting for 15 years. I'm wondering what it's worth when it's sitting on the floor of my garage? Should I plan on scrapping it right away or is it worth the space and backache to move? I plan on putting a diesel in so I've got no need for that beast.
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Old 12-09-2015, 09:19 AM
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On the off chance that everything that is now aspirational becomes operational, the value will be educational.
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Old 12-11-2015, 03:17 PM
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Assuming this is the U.S. Spec m110 for about 130 hp, I can't imagine there are many people seeking them out. K-jet 185 hp units are really nice IMO, but still fairly cheap. I love that engine. I think the more rare (earlier) d-jet engine would be period correct for a w114, so I assume it would be able to fetch far more.

I doubt that a U.S. spec m110 with no carbs has much value.
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:06 PM
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What about the automatic transmission that's attached to it? Are those worth anything? I'm pulling them both out together
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:59 PM
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I gave away a chassis with a M110 engine in it for free to a forum member. So to me, it had no value. But he amazingly sold it just a few months later for close to $1000. So the engine is worth somewhere between 0 and $1000.

Depending on the condition of the transmission, someone might pay you $100 for it.

I would encourage you to take videos of the engine running, because I think that could help your efforts to sell it.
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Old 12-12-2015, 11:17 AM
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The cams in these engines, if they are not gouged out, go for about $80 each on Ebay.

With the mechanical lifter this engine has the adjustment of these lifters gets skipped a lot. Then that tapping sound starts up and the owner finds he has gouged a cam.

So for the engine itself, in a non running and has not started in many years condition I think the only value would be in the head and perhaps the exhaust manifolds. If these are non EGR manifolds they will go for about $100 each.

If they are US spec manifolds, with the EGR ports, you can still get about $80 for the pair of them.
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Old 12-12-2015, 11:20 AM
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I'm quite often surprised by the regional differences in prices.

Here in Holland a carb M110 with all the bits can be as cheap as 100 euros (but it will need some work). Supposedly good engines can be bought with a transmission from about 250 euros.

I've seen asking prices in the US of A that are two to three times those amounts and thought "it is time to look into those shipping containers again"...
1992 W201 190E 1.8 171,000 km - Daily driver
1981 W123 300D ~ 100,000 miles / 160,000 km - project car stripped to the bone
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Don't leave that there - I'll take it to bits!
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:36 AM
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I guess condition is a vital statistic in this case, meaning: how many miles are we talking about.
Before you scrap it, I might find a way to pick it up and pay the $15 that you would get for scrap right now.
Hope you find somebody, who could really use it, though I got a couple cars (280Cs) that this would fit in nicely.

in N L.A. County
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:40 PM
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maybe some of you misunderstand.. it doesnt run. the carb is in pieces on my workbench, i was planning on rebuilding it, but once i got it all the way torn apart i deemed it too warped to rebuild. the motor itself is all there except for the distributer cap is broken and i dont have spark plug wires. i believe it has 305,555 miles on it, so i decided with all these factors to just get rid of it and put a diesel in w/ a manual tranny (if anyone has got one id love to chat)

point is its an old motor which im gonna try and make the most money i can off of
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:08 PM
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So I pulled the motor out today, along with the transmission. They are both sitting on the floor of my garage. I have no use for either so if anyone wants to buy them, or any parts off them, PM me. The transmission was functional when the car was parked (1996).
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